Review: The Les Paul Standard Guitar And The Marshall DSL 40 Amplifier

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Source: The Buckley Bark

Kevin Ross: Grade 8

The Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar was an original model that began in 1902. The guitar is iconic because of its pickup change. The pickups are the microphones that “pick up” the sound that the vibration of the strings makes. Each microphone has different effects. The treble effect is crisper and louder. The rhythm effect is lower and quieter.

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Book Review: Escaping Peril

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Source: Scholastic Press

Jack Davis: Grade 8

Just a few months ago, Tui T. Sutherland came out with the eighth book in her best-selling Wings of Fire series. Her eighth book is titled Escaping Peril. It was a truly enticing read, but before I explain why, you should know what this series is all about. The Wings of Fire book series is divided into two parts (one of which is still incomplete), but they have many things in common. The main idea is that all of the characters are dragons who talk and live in different tribes. There are humans in this series, but they are called “scavengers” and are shown as pets or food. Before I praise this book on its plot and characters, a little background knowledge is needed.

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Hamilton’s Historically Accurate Thriller

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Source: Hamilton Broadway

Kevin Ross: Grade 8

What is Hamilton? It is a musical based off of the famous politician, Alexander Hamilton. There is more to his life than getting shot by Aaron Burr. The musical shows how Hamilton got into a feud with Burr and how their anger toward each other slowly built up. At first glance, they seemed like people who had the same beliefs, but it turned out that Burr took things too slowly. Hamilton never stopped working. In fact, Hamilton asked Burr to help him write some essays known as The Federalist Papers to help him defend the new U.S. Constitution, but Burr turned him down. Hamilton instead joined up with John Jay and James Madison. They originally were supposed to write 25 essays, but instead ended up writing 85, with John Jay writing 5, James Madison writing 29, and Hamilton writing the final 51.

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A Romantic Tragedy

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Jack Davis: Grade 8

Bonjour mes amis! That is French for “Hello my friends!” French is such a beautiful language. It simply rolls off the tongue, like cool lemonade down the lip of a pitcher on a warm summer day. Now, Buckley is phasing out this sweet and tangy language to make way for Mandarin, another savory language. Why can’t Buckley have all three languages? Why can’t Buckley have three unique colors to compose its linguistic pallet of learning? Each language is great by itself, but multiple languages can have an impact on everybody!

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Being A Fourth-Grader

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Giuliana Berritto: Grade 4

The step from third grade to fourth might sound easy, but it is actually very hard. You are probably wondering how it can be hard, but being the leaders of the Lower School can at first seem exasperating. All of the younger kids look up to my peers and me. I wanted to interview some students to get their perspectives about being the leaders of the Lower School.

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Friday Free Time

Maya Chugh Singh: Grade 5

healthy-apple-fruits-orange-largeJust like for all fifth graders, the jump from the Lower School to the Upper School is a big change. Of course, the academics are a big jump, but the amount of free and transition time we get is also a big adjustment, especially on Fridays. On Fridays, all Upper Schoolers have no recess, longer classes, more classes in a row, no transition time, and most importantly, no snack. I wanted to learn more about why Fridays were like this, so I went to the person who would know most about this: Mrs. Linda Bernard.

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How To Study Smarter

Laila Mak: Grade 2

No matter what grade you are in, I’m sure one thing Buckley students can agree on is that studying is a big part of their lives. It is important, therefore, that we know how to study smarter. How do we study smarter? To get some great answers, I interviewed Ms. Jennifer Appel, the seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher who also teaches study skills once a week.

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Mets Golden History

Amalia Sardinha: Grade 3

I love baseball. Specifically, I love the Mets and the Yankees. When Buckley celebrated the Mets a few weeks ago, I knew I had to write an article about it! Although it’s been a sad loss for the Mets, the Mets have a lot of great, rich history that is worth exploring. I, therefore, decided to interview Mr. Brett Topel. Here’s what I learned.

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The Sword Of Summer

Jack Davis: Grade 8

Source: Disney Hyperion
Source: Disney Hyperion

It’s finally here! The esteemed New York Times best selling author Rick Riordan has released the first book of a promising new series about the gods of Asgard called Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer. A lesser-known area of mythology, Norse mythology was practiced by the Vikings. You may not realize it, but many of you already know two of the gods of Asgard. Loki and Thor are both prominent characters in this story, but they do not appear in either a green jumpsuit with horns or a metal suit with boots. Rick Riordan delves deep into Norse mythology, while adding a light sense of humor that appeals to all age groups.

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